Lokomotiv Moscow vs Salzburg
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: RZD Arena.
The Bavarians have already qualified for the Round of 16, and will end up champions of the group even if they go on and lose the next two fixtures. That leaves the runner-up spot, which opens the door to the knockouts as well, and the third position – which allots an entry into the Europa League.
The Steam Locomotives are currently placed third in the table, and are pitted against the dead-last placed Red Bulls – who have a total of one point so far in the competition.
And a win this Tuesday will ensure that Marko Nikolic’s men will either progress to the next round, or qualify for the Europa League – since it would be impossible for them to finish fourth.
In that sense, this is a do-or-die game for the Austrians, as a loss will surely eliminate them from the competition – and puts the struggling squad under even more pressure.
Considering the comparatively better form of the Steam Locomotives, particularly at home, along with the struggles of Jesse Marsch’s men – expect Lokomotiv Moscow to have the upper hand this game week.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Salzburg: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 2-2 draw, for which Nikolic’s men were on the road.
- They have a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent, and have scored two or more goals in all encounters so far.
- They were unbeaten in seven of their past nine match-ups against other Austrian teams, and had won six of these as well.
- The Red Bulls have a 100% winless record against other Russian squads.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Salzburg: Prediction
The Steam Locomotives held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw the last match-day in the competition, on the road. In the meantime, Marsch’s men lost 3-1 on the road against Bayern Munich.
Going on, the Red Bulls are the worst team in the group, and have lost all but one of their games. They have also conceded the most number of goals of all the four teams.
They were also winless in four of their previous five overall fixtures, and had conceded two or more goals in five of their last six games. They also have a 100% winless record in h2h encounters over the years, and have conceded two or more goals in every single one of those meetings.
In addition, they also have a 100% winless record against other Russian teams, while Nikolic’s men had won six of their past nine games against Austrian squads.
Moreover, the Steam Locomotives were unbeaten in 11 of their preceding 15 overall fixtures, and they had remained so in 16 of their former 19 appearances at home.
Taking these observations into account, expect Lokomotiv Moscow to have the edge this Tuesday.
Lokomotiv Moscow vs Salzburg: Betting Tips
Lokomotiv Moscow +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2)
To Win Either Half: Lokomotiv Moscow @ 3.50 (5/2).